Ravish

  • 1 Ravish — Rav ish (r[a^]v [i^]sh), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ravished} ( [i^]sht); p. pr. & vb. n. {Ravishing}.] [OE. ravissen, F. ravir, fr. L. rapere to snatch or tear away, to ravish. See {Rapacious}, {Rapid}, and { ish}.] 1. To seize and carry away by… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 ravish — rav·ish / ra vish/ vt [Middle English, to seize and take away by violence, from Middle French raviss , stem of ravir, ultimately from Latin rapere to seize, rob]: rape rav·ish·ment n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 ravish — [v1] enchant allure, attract, bewitch, captivate, charm, delight, draw, enrapture, enthrall, entrance, fascinate, hold, hypnotize, magnetize, mesmerize, overjoy, please, spellbind, trance, transport; concept 11 Ant. disenchant, repulse, turn off… …

    New thesaurus

  • 4 ravish — (v.) c.1300, to seize (someone) by violence, carry (a person, especially a woman) away, from O.Fr. raviss , prp. stem of ravir to seize, take away hastily, from V.L. *rapire, from L. rapere to seize, hurry away (see RAPID (Cf. rapid)). Meaning to …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 ravish — *transport, enrapture, entrance Analogous words: rejoice, delight, regale (see PLEASE) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 ravish — ► VERB archaic or literary 1) seize and carry off by force. 2) rape. 3) fill with intense delight; enrapture. ORIGIN Old French ravir, from Latin rapere seize …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 ravish — [rav′ish] vt. [ME ravishen < inflectional stem of OFr ravir, to carry away < VL * rapire, for L rapere, to seize: see RAPE1] 1. to seize and carry away forcibly 2. to rape (a woman) 3. to transport with joy or delight; enrapture ravisher n …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 ravish — UK [ˈrævɪʃ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms ravish : present tense I/you/we/they ravish he/she/it ravishes present participle ravishing past tense ravished past participle ravished mainly literary to rape a woman (= force her to have sex) …

    English dictionary

  • 9 ravish — verb /ˈɹa.vɪʃ/ a) To seize and carry away by violence; to snatch by force. For loe that Guest would beare her forcibly, / And meant to ravish her, that rather had to dy. b) To transport with joy or delight; to delight to ec …

    Wiktionary

  • 10 ravish —    to copulate with a woman against her will    Originally, to seize or carry off anything:     The ravish d Helen, Menelaus wife,    With wanton Paris sleeps. (Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida)    and in more modern use:     I don t know why,… …

    How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • 11 ravish — verb 1) literary he tried to ravish her Syn: rape, sexually assault/abuse, violate, force oneself on, molest; archaic dishonor, defile 2) literary you will be ravished by this wine Syn: enrapture, enchant, delight …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 12 ravish — /ˈrævɪʃ / (say ravish) verb (t) 1. to fill with strong emotion, especially joy. 2. to carry off (a woman) by force. 3. to rape (a woman). 4. Obsolete to seize and carry off by force. {Middle English ravisshe(n), from Old French ravir, from Latin… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 13 ravish — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English ravisshen, from Anglo French raviss , stem of ravir, from Vulgar Latin *rapire, alteration of Latin rapere to seize, rob more at rapid Date: 14th century 1. a. to seize and take away by violence b. to… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 ravish — ravishedly, adv. ravisher, n. /rav ish/, v.t. 1. to fill with strong emotion, esp. joy. 2. to seize and carry off by force. 3. to carry off (a woman) by force. 4. to rape (a woman). [1250 1300; ME ravishen < MF raviss , long s. of ravir to seize… …

    Universalium

  • 15 ravish — Synonyms and related words: abuse, adulterate, alloy, assault sexually, becharm, betray, bewitch, canker, captivate, carry away, charm, cheapen, coarsen, confound, contaminate, corrupt, debase, debauch, deceive, defile, deflorate, deflower,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 16 ravish — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. charm, captivate, enchant, enthrall; carry off, deflower, rape, violate. See pleasure, impurity. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To charm] Syn. delight, please, enchant, enrapture, bewitch, captivate,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17 ravish — rav|ish [ˈrævıʃ] v [T] literary [Date: 1200 1300; : French; Origin: ravir, from Latin rapere; RAPE1] 1.) to force a woman to have sex = ↑rape 2.) to badly harm something ▪ a landscape ravished by drought …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 ravish — rav|ish [ rævıʃ ] verb transitive MAINLY LITERARY 1. ) to RAPE a woman (=force her to have sex) 2. ) to make someone feel great pleasure: He was ravished by the music …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 ravish — see RAVENOUS …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 20 ravish — v. a. == rob, despoil a person of. RG. 194. Fr. ravir …

    Oldest English Words


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